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Final Recap: D Magazine and Celebrity X Cruises Baked in Alaska Trip

On August 14, sixty adventurous sailors boarded the Celebrity Solstice in Seattle and headed north to explore Alaska’s Inside Passage. Our trip was photographed by Elizabeth Lave. Live vicariously through her gorgeous photos. Then make plans to join us next year as we sail to a now-secret location.

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Chef’s Club Dinner in Soho with John Tesar

Mention the name, “John Tesar” to anyone that has their finger on the “culinary pulse” in Dallas, and you will receive a wide variety of opinions ranging from endearing to downright unsuitable for print. Last week, I was invited to spend time with “The Eagle” himself (a presumably self-proclaimed sobriquet) at Food & Wine Magazine’s Chef’s Club in Manhattan’s trendy Soho neighborhood. Our discussion touched on several topics, including the significance of returning to his hometown of New York City, his numerous James Beard nominations (and Dallas’ continued plight regarding the same), and what life has been like since the Tweet read round the world.

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D Magazine and Celebrity Cruises Announce “Baked in Alaska” Culinary Tour

All aboard for seven glorious days and nights on the Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruise Lines’ modern luxury ship geared toward the gourmand. Join Dallas chefs Matt McCallister and John Tesar along with TJ’s Fish Market expert Jon Alexis for a culinary adventure through one of the most majestic areas of Alaska. Get your details here.

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Scenes from The Best New Restaurants of 2014 Dinner

Last night chefs, restaurateurs, and people who just really like to eat gathered at 3015 at Trinity Groves for our Best New Restaurants dinner. The 10-course meal, benefiting Cafe Momentum, sampled bites from each restaurant highlighted in Nancy Nichols’ feature in the December issue of D Magazine. You can view the menu and gallery from the event below.

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Dallas Stars Jamie and Jordie Benn Cook Burgers at Hard Rock Café in Dallas

Last night, Jamie and Jordie Benn showed up at the Hard Rock Café in Dallas to do what brothers do: compete against each other. This time the battle did not take place on the ice, it took place at the bar where each assembled their own burger creation. Both burgers will be featured on the Hard Rock’s menu from November 1 to December 1. You, the burger connoisseur, have the privilege of tasting their respective concoctions and voting on social media for which one you feel is the best.

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Cafe Momentum on The Rachael Ray Show

A couple Sundays ago, I attended Cafe Momentum’s pop up brunch at Knife. When I walked in the door, I saw cameras everywhere. I gave Chad Houser, Executive Director at Cafe Momentum a quizzical look, and he explained it was for a taping of The Rachael Ray Show. At the beginning of the meal, we were informed of the taping and we all gave consent for us to be on television.

Last week, the day after Houser turned 39, the crew taped the show in New York. Houser talked about the restaurant and classroom space Cafe Momentum is opening in December. The segment is titled “Meet a Chef Who Is Using Food to Change Lives.” It will air at 10 a.m. on October 30.

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Truffles and Bubbles at the Mansion on Turtle Creek

The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is throwing one over-the-top party. Five nationally-recognized chefs are gathering at the Mansion Restaurant on November 1, for a multi-course dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Chefs participating in the event include:

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The Dallas 24 Hour Club’s ‘Under the Stars’ Dinner

The Dallas 24 Hour Club recently turned forty-five years young. For most, the locale goes unnoticed — a sleepy little property on the corner Ross and Grigsby. Just another neutral facade situated between downtown Dallas and lower Greenville. For others, The Dallas 24 Hour Club has played savior. A safe haven. A second chance at life.

In celebration, the non-profit hosted an “Under the Stars” dinner event last night to raise funds for their continued mission of providing a sense of home and support for individuals transitioning from a life of substance abuse to a more optimistic future.

Dinner included courses from local and national celebrity chefs including Tim Byres (Smoke; 2014 James Beard Award Winner), Stephen Pyles (Stephen Pyles, San Salvaje, Stampede 66), Matt McCallister (FT33; 2014 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist), Justin Box (Café Momentum), David Collier (Knife), Sean Fry (TK Culinary), Jason Martin (360), and Jason Skinner (3015 at Trinity Groves).

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Chef Tim Byres Whips Up a Feast for Louisiana-Themed Dinner

In case there was any doubt in your mind that Louisiana can be fun place, the Louisiana Office of Tourism is throwing a giant party in honor of the state. James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef, Tim Byres is teaming up with chef Cory Bahr (the 2012 Food Network Chopped! champion) for a Louisiana-themed dinner at The Foundry on October 23. The two have put together a menu of Southern comfort food.

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Sneak Peek: John Tesar Shows Us a Glimpse of Knife

Chef John Tesar is back at it again. His much celebrated restaurant, Spoon, is no longer an only child. He is coming at this ravenous city with something almost unheard of in Dallas: steak. I jest, but this particular fine dining steakhouse, which opens May 15 in Central 214’s old spot, will set itself apart not only with the wild Chef’s personal flair for madcap exuberance, but by its selection of rare and alternative prime cuts. As Tesar told the crowd of media that attended a preview of Knife’s facility last night, “Where Spoon is more intimate, Knife is social.” Here are the essentials you need to know.

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Forget the Mambo Taxi, Here’s the Only Drink Conan O’ Brien Should Have in Dallas

So no offense to Angie Harmon, but the Mambo Taxi no longer reigns as the best frozen margarita in Dallas. She has been in Hollywood La-La-Land for too long. The late-night talk show host already visited Al Biernat’s on Saturday night, but if he leaves without drinking one of Pakpao’s Chula-rita Swirls, he’s in for big cryfest upon his return Los Angeles.

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Win a Chance to Brunch With S.E. Hinton on April 27

Big D Reads, D Magazine’s literacy movement, kicked off this morning with a huge bang. Volunteers handed out 3,000 copies of The Outsiders around the entire city. It’s a big goal for us to make Dallas a city of readers, but Big D Reads is giving away 20,000 copies and creating events around the book to get people excited. (Think movie screenings, book discussions, and a visit from the author.) Interested? We have a whole calendar.

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